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Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Lib Dems slam Tories for breaking NI promise

The Liberal Democrats have criticised the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, saying he has broken a Conservative manifesto pledge by introducing a tax on entrepreneurs and “white van man” with a rise in National Insurance Contributions (NICs) that the Lib Dems say will cost them £93 by next year. However independent analysis says the rise will cost self-employed people who affected by the rise paying a further £240 a year.

The Liberal Democrats point out that while the Government are increasing National Insurance Contributions they are going ahead with cuts in corporation tax will. The Liberal Democrats also acknowledge that the government have not asked wealthy pensioners to pay a greater share.

The Liberal Democrats say that the tax will hit five million people, the Treasury say 2.48m people will be affected by the rise of Class 4 NICs. The Liberal Democrats point out that the changes to NICs breaks a Conservative manifesto promise not to increase National Insurance in 2015.

Liberal Democrat Shadow Chancellor Susan Kramer said: "This is a tax on builders, taxi drivers and window cleaners, some of Britain’s hardest working people. This hits the gig economy where people are already insecure and facing rising prices and job uncertainty. And on International Women’s Day it will hit over one and a half million women."

"Companies will continue to save money by using workers without giving them the security and benefits of staff jobs. Meanwhile, these workers will have to pay more. This is patently as unfair as it is a tax on entrepreneurship and hard work." Baroness Kramer added.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Mrs May Sets Out Her 12 Objectives For Brexit

Theresa May has set out her 12 point plan and vision for Brexit in an email Mrs May wrote:

"Today I set out the Government’s 12 negotiating objectives for leaving the European Union - part of our plan for Britain, which aims to get the right deal abroad while ensuring a better deal for ordinary working people here at home – and I wanted you to be one of the first to know about it.

The referendum last June was a vote to leave the European Union. But it was also a vote for change – to shape a brighter future for our country, to make it stronger and fairer, and to embrace the world. And it is the job of this Conservative Government to deliver it and to get the right deal for Britain as we do.

We seek a new and equal partnership – between an independent, self-governing Global Britain and our friends and allies in the European Union. We are leaving the EU, not Europe.

That means taking the opportunity of this great moment of national change to step back and ask ourselves what kind of country we want to be. To pursue 12 objectives that amount to one goal: a new, positive and constructive partnership between Britain and the European Union.

1. Certainty: whenever we can, we will provide it. And we can confirm today that the Government will put the final deal that is agreed between the UK and EU to a vote in both Houses of Parliament.

2. Control of our own laws: we will bring an end to the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice in Britain. Because we will not have truly left the European Union if we are not in control of our own laws.

3. Strengthen the Union: we must strengthen the precious Union between the four nations of the United Kingdom. We will work very carefully to ensure that – as powers are repatriated back to Britain – the right powers are returned to Westminster and the right powers are passed to the devolved administrations. We will make sure that no new barriers to living and doing business within our Union are created.

4. Maintain the Common Travel Area with Ireland: we will work to deliver a practical solution that allows the maintenance of the Common Travel Area with the Republic of Ireland, while protecting the integrity of the United Kingdom’s immigration system.

5. Control of immigration: the message from the public before and during the referendum campaign was clear: Brexit must mean control of the number of people who come to Britain from Europe. We will continue to attract the brightest and the best to work or study in Britain but there must be control.

6. Rights for EU nationals in Britain, and British nationals in the EU: we want to guarantee these rights as early as we can. We have told other EU leaders that we can offer EU nationals here this certainty, as long as this is reciprocated for British citizens in EU countries.

7. Protect workers’ rights: as we translate the body of European law into our domestic regulations, we will ensure that workers’ rights are fully protected and maintained.

8. Free trade with European markets: as a priority we will pursue a bold and ambitious Free Trade Agreement with the European Union. This agreement should allow for the freest possible trade in goods and services between Britain and EU member states. It cannot mean membership of the EU’s Single Market. That would mean complying with European Court of Justice rulings, free movement and other EU rules and regulations without having a vote on what those rules and regulations are. And because we will no longer be members of the Single Market, we will not be required to contribute huge sums to the EU budget. If we contribute to some specific EU programmes that we wish to participate in, it will be for us to decide.

9. New trade agreements with other countries: it is time for Britain to become a global trading nation, striking trade agreements around the world. Through the Common Commercial Policy and the Common External Tariff, full Customs Union membership prevents us from doing this – but we do want to have a customs agreement with the EU and have an open mind on how we achieve this end.

10. The best place for science and innovation: we will continue to collaborate with our European partners on major science, research and technology initiatives.

11. Co-operation in the fight against crime and terrorism: we want our future relationship with the EU to include practical arrangements on matters of law enforcement and intelligence.

12. A smooth, orderly Brexit: we want to have reached an agreement about our future partnership by the time the two year Article 50 process has concluded. From that point onwards, we expect a phased process of implementation. We will work to avoid a disruptive cliff-edge.

These are our objectives for Brexit. A truly Global Britain - the best friend and neighbour to our European partners, but also a country that reaches beyond the borders of Europe and embraces the world. A country that gets out into the world to build relationships with old friends and new allies alike – a great, global trading nation that is respected around the world and strong, confident and united at home.

So let’s work hard and together let’s make Brexit a success."

Mrs May is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and leader of the Conservative party.

Friday, 6 January 2017

We need a Free Press Mrs May - its a no brainer

Remember those expenses cheating crooks, sorry I mean Members of Parliament. Remember a certain UKIP MEP was being investigated for trousering £2m in "allowances". Remember major celebrities dipping there wick with someone that wasn't there wives. Remember the murderers of Stephen Lawrence walking free but a national newspaper branded them murderers?

But if Max Mosley and his rich friends have their way you wont hear about these scandals again, Even murderers like those who murdered Stephen Lawrence would be safe. Well you will see it here and with Guido, the Canary and so on but Mosley and his friend's plan is to silence the papers.

Mosley is driven by revenge, the press found out about his fetish and because of his famous black-shirted, fascist, relative sexed it up to include fascist connotations, now they shouldn't have done the latter but his visit to the S&M club happened and he wants to stop that being reported despite him at the time being in the public eye as the head of Formula One motor racing. So the visit was in the public interest.

The Mail branded the murderers of Stephen Lawrence as "MURDERERS" adding "If we're wrong, you can sue us" - the front page is famous. Funnily enough the racist murderers didn't sue mainly as they were as guilty as hell and are now behind bars, but Mosley's section 40 would have prevented that front page

In 2008 the Telegraph got hold of disks which showed MPs were trousering millions in expenses, now it wasn't their fault it was the system. But we all remember the duck houses, the bath plug, even Tom Watson's pizza wheel. However under Mosley's section 40 you wouldn't know about it, MPs would still be taking every penny they could get away with thanks to a free press they can't.

Recently we heard about 'Jim the washing machine repair man' Jim, or as he's better known Keith Vaz MP, liked to get class A drugs and have sex parties with rent boys. The second bit is irrelevant, the first bit was important as he was chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee. Although under Mosley's section 40 it would never have come out.

And section 40 wont only affect the national papers, The local papers will be crushed too, forced to comply with Mosley's section 40. I class myself as a Liberal although I report fairly and in now 5 years have had very few complaints. I am appalled that the Liberal Democrats could vote for this gagging law in 2013, there is nothing liberal or democratic about it!

In a free democracy a free press is a must. I would benefit from section 40 going through as I wouldn't face the regulation of the papers but I will fight against it and I hope you will fight it too. Whatever the papers say whether you agree or not, the papers have to be free to report, investigate and even more importantly hold public figures to account for their actions.

This, we're constantly reminded is Britain, its a free democracy - well for a free democracy there has to be a free press, leave them alone Mrs May and whip Conservative MPs to repeal Max Mosley's pernicious section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013. In a free country a free press is a given, if the press aren't free - it wont be long till the country isn't either.

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Jeremy Corbyn's new year message

Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn's New Year message:

"I think it’s fair to say, that 2016 is a year that will live long in all our memories. It saw 12 months of enormous change not just in Britain but the world. But the New Year gives all the opportunity to start afresh.

One of the best things about my job as Leader of the Labour Party is meeting some fantastic people all over the country.

But every day I see the political system letting down the people of this country; how decisions made in Westminster are making people’s lives harder.

Whether that’s elderly people not receiving the care at home they deserve, putting huge strain on them and their family, or whether it’s the people waiting longer in A&E or on trolleys because our National Health Service and social care system is at breaking point, despite the best efforts of the wonderful and dedicated staff.

Whether it’s the homeless families who are being priced out of a housing market that only works for the few. This Christmas, 120,000 children didn’t have a home to call their own. That’s scandalous. And it’s damaging those young people’s formative years. Our children also need a first class education for everyone, not just for a privileged few.

As well as insecure housing there is massive insecurity at work too. Millions of people can’t plan their lives because whether on temporary or zero hours contracts they don’t know what job or what hours they’ll have from day to day, week to week or month to month. And for many, pay is so low that it doesn’t make ends meet.

2016 will be defined in history by the referendum on our EU membership. People didn’t trust politicians and they didn’t trust the European Union.

I understand that. I’ve spent over 40 years in politics campaigning for a better way of doing things, standing up for people, taking on the establishment, and opposing decisions that would make us worse off.

We now have the chance to do things differently. To build an economy that invests and works for everyone across all our nations and regions.

Labour accepts and respects the result of the referendum. We won’t be blocking our leaving the European Union, but we won’t stand by.

Those in charge today have put the jobs market, housing, the NHS and social care in crisis. We can’t let them mess this up. It’s about everyone’s future.

A Brexit that protects the bankers in the City and continues to give corporate handouts to the biggest companies is not good enough.

Labour was founded to stand up for people, and we founded the institutions that do that day in, and day out, like our NHS. We are the party that listens to you and makes Britain better. Let’s do that, together, in 2017."

Theresa May's new year message

New Year message from the Prime Minister, Mrs May:

"The New Year is a time to reflect on what has passed and to look ahead to the opportunities to come. And this year, as I consider all that 2017 has in store, I believe those opportunities are greater than ever.

For we have made a momentous decision and set ourselves on a new direction. And if 2016 was the year you voted for that change, this is the year we start to make it happen.

I know that the referendum last June was divisive at times. I know, of course, that not everyone shared the same point of view, or voted in the same way. But I know too that, as we face the opportunities ahead of us, our shared interests and ambitions can bring us together.

We all want to see a Britain that is stronger than it is today. We all want a country that is fairer so that everyone has the chance to succeed. We all want a nation that is safe and secure for our children and grandchildren.

These ambitions unite us, so that we are no longer the 52% who voted Leave and the 48% who voted Remain, but one great union of people and nations with a proud history and a bright future.

So when I sit around the negotiating table in Europe this year, it will be with that in mind – the knowledge that I am there to get the right deal – not just for those who voted to Leave – but for every single person in this country.

Of course, the referendum laid bare some further divisions in our country – between those who are prospering, and those who are not; those who can easily buy their own home, send their children to a great school, find a secure job, and those who cannot; in short, those for whom our country works well, and those for whom it does not.

This is the year we need to pull down these barriers that hold people back, securing a better deal at home for ordinary, working people.

The result will be a truly united Britain, in which we are all united in our citizenship of this great nation; united in the opportunities that are open to all our people; and united by the principle that it is only your talent and hard work that should determine your future.

After all, it is through unity that our people have achieved great things: through our precious union of nations – England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland; through our union of people – from sports teams to armed forces; businesses to charities; schools to hospitals; and, above all, through our union of communities and families.

Of course, it isn’t just big, global events that define a year – it is the personal things.

2017 might be the year you start your first job or buy your first home. It might be the year your children start school or go off to university, or that you retire after a lifetime of hard work.

These things – life’s milestones – are the things that bind us, whoever we are.

As the fantastic MP Jo Cox, who was so tragically taken from us last year, put it: ‘We are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us.’

We have a golden opportunity to demonstrate that – to bring this country together as never before, so that whoever you are, wherever you live, our politics, economy and society work for you, not just a privileged few.

So as we look ahead to a year of opportunity and unity, let me wish you and your family a peaceful, prosperous and happy New Year."

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Government launches Christmas drink drive campaign

The government is today launching its annual THINK! Christmas drink drive campaign, which is specifically targeting young males, as figures show they account for almost two thirds of drink drivers killed on our roads. The campaign will target young men through Facebook, Twitter and Spotify, with 5.4 million British males aged 25 to 34 on Facebook alone – the highest single demographic.
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Road Safety Minister Andrew Jones said: "Drink driving destroys families and ruins lives, yet some reckless drivers continue to take the risk and get behind the wheel after drinking – particularly young men who account for almost two thirds of drink drivers killed on our roads."

"We have some of the safest roads in the world and deaths from drink driving have fallen significantly over the last 30 years, but it is still responsible for the deaths of 5 people every week. This Christmas we are specifically targeting the biggest perpetrators of this devastating crime – young men, but our message to everyone remains the same: don’t drink and drive." The Minister added.

The government say that a new advert will be posted on Twitter or Facebook everyday throughout December playing on the concept of FOMO ‘fear of missing out’. The adverts aim to make it clear to young men that they have plenty to live for the following day, which they may not see if they choose to have a second drink.

Research carried out for the Department for Transport found 20% of young men have had 2 or more drinks before driving and an extra 11% say they have considered it – with a third of adults telling researchers they felt it wouldn’t impact on their driving. However, research from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) shows a second drink doubles a driver’s chances of being involved in a fatality.

Chief Constable Suzette Davenport, the national roads policing spokesperson, said: Police officers on patrols over the Christmas and New Year period will be specifically targeting people driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and we will also be doing roadside testing, so we can make instant arrests."

"Our message is very simple and very clear – you are breaking the law, you are risking your life and the lives of those around you and the consequences of doing so will plague you for the rest of your life." CC Davenport added.

THINK! has also teamed up with a number of partnership organisations, including Coca-Cola, Arriva and Budweiser to offer drivers solutions to avoid drink driving such as two-for-one on soft drinks for drivers and free taxis for those enjoying the festivities on Christmas Eve. The campaign will run on THINK!’s Facebook and Twitter channels from 1st to 31st of December, to support the police’s drink and drug drive enforcement campaign.

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Lewisham police appeal for witnesses after 2 officers were attacked by 30 'school children'

Police in Lewisham are appealing for information and witnesses to a vicious attack on two police officers and are urging anyone with mobile phone footage of the incident to come forward. At approximately 16:00hrs on Wednesday, 9 November, two uniformed officers were violently assaulted by a group of up to 30 schoolchildren in Goodwood Road near the junction with New Cross Road, SE14.

The officers approached the group during routine patrols of the area and noticed a large knife being concealed by a young male. After attempting to search the suspect, one of the officers was violently punched in the face several times by some of the other youths, causing him to fall to the ground. 

The second officer stepped in to help her colleague and in doing so was also punched in the jaw. The group continued to assault the officer on the floor by repeatedly kicking him in the head, leaving him with serious bruising and damaging his mobile phone. He was taken to a south London hospital as a precaution for his injuries.

A 15-year-old male was arrested at the scene on suspicion of actual bodily harm and was taken to a south-London police station. He has been bailed to a date in mid-December. Officers are aware that a number of members of the public witnessed the attack and captured it on their mobile phones, and are now urging those people to come forward and speak to police.

Detective Sergeant Jenny White, of Lewisham Police, said: "I'm appealing to anyone who witnessed this shocking attack on two officers to come forward and speak with us, particularly anyone with mobile phone footage of the incident.

"It happened at a very busy time of the day and there would've been a large number of people in the area. These officers go to work every day to keep the public safe and this demonstrates the dangers the police can face while carrying out these duties." DS White added.

Anyone with any information is urged to contact Lewisham CID on 020 8284 8365 or 101 - alternatively get in touch with Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.